It now appears that the editorial standards of ABC News, owned by Disney World Networks, shifts according to who may or may not be the story’s focus.
The news network was willing to cover up a story three years ago that implicated a major Democratic donor, a former Democratic president, and possibly a member of the British royal family — because the evidence didn’t meet its high editorial standards.
Yet the same network recently published a salacious piece about a conservative sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice on evidence so flimsy that his accuser refused to speak publicly on the matter and even the alleged victim questioned the story’s veracity.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas published what will probably be the scoop of the month Tuesday morning when it revealed that ABC News network executives killed a story naming Jeffrey Epstein as the ringleader of an underage sex ring.
It was shelved three years before The Miami Herald eventually reported the details, leading to Epstein’s arrest, indictment, and death in jail while awaiting trial.
O’Keefe revealed the details through a leaked video obtained from a network insider depicting ABC News anchor Amy Robach, taken shortly after Epstein allegedly took his own life.
“I had this story for three years” she says on the video.
“I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts [Now Virginia Guiffre, an alleged Epstein victim]. We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told ‘Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story,’” Robach explained.
“The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.”
Robach continued, “She told me everything. She had pictures, she had everything. She was in hiding for 12 years, we convinced her to come out, we convinced her to talk to us ... It was unbelievable what we had — [Bill] Clinton, we had everything.”
She concluded on the video, “I am so pissed right now ... Oh my God, what we had was unreal — other women backing it up.”
After O’Keefe and Project Veritas published the clip, Robach released a statement claiming that “I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations.”
Yet according to her statement on video “we had everything.”
Those “editorial standards” weren’t quite so lofty less than two months ago, when it came to reporting new sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
ABC News reported that, “Max Stier, a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's,” was the individual who made the claims against the Supreme Court associate justice, but “told ABC News he is not speaking publicly about the account.” Rather than talking to ABC News, Stier released his allegations in a book.
"The book notes, quietly, that the woman ... named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event," observed The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway. "Seems, I don’t know, significant."
Nevertheless, ABC News' Kyra Phillips reported, "I can tell you though this is not going to go away. I think we're going to see a lot more attention put on these new questions raised by this new report."
“Questions raised by this new report”? What questions? What report? His accuser isn’t talking (except through a book not even written by him) and the “victim” doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.
And all the networks ran stories making similar claims against Kavanaugh on “evidence” nearly as thin.
RealClearPolitics founder and president Tom Bevan brought the activities of NBC News into the picture as well, and offered this recap of the day’s events:
“NBC killed story on Harvey Weinstein, saying it didn't meet their editorial standards. ABC spiked story on Jeffrey Epstein, saying same,” he tweeted, adding, “Both orgs (& rest of media) went wild running uncorroborated stories about Brett Kavanaugh being a gang rapist.”
The answer is pretty straightforward. Editorial standards that change with whoever’s at the story’s center of focus aren’t standards at all. They’re just an excuse to publish or not. They’re tidal in nature —the standards come in and then they go out.
And the same holds true for the burden of proof. In Kavanaugh’s case — and President Donald Trump’s as well — the “proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” standard isn’t applied. They’re expected to prove their innocence.
Both editorial standards and legal standards aren’t standards at all unless they’re applied equally across the board. They’re just whims.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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